Disasters happen almost everyday all over the world. During the emergency, we rely more on our phones to stay in touch with emergency responders, neighbors and relatives. Plus it also can act as a flashlight, compass, GPS and so on. However, all of a phone’s functions rely on the battery and the features most useful in a pinch are the ones that consume the most charge. Sure, there are a few ways to charge your phone in an emergency. Let’s start simple.
1. Use Apps to Save Power
Battery is limited and the first thing is to save power. Several free apps for both Apple and Android devices have been developed to help you delete some power-sucking apps to extend your phone’s battery life.
2. Draw power from your laptop
Assuming it is fully charged, it can be used to charge you phone. Of course, this is a short-term solution only, as it takes a long time and reduces the available battery life of the laptop.
3. Backup Battery or Charger
In the market, there has been a range of portable chargers to provide your phone some limited backup power. They are easy to store in a drawer, backpack or glovebox. Not cheap, but large enough. The Infinite One 8000mAh portable charger, for example, provides over four full charges for an iPhone 5, which is enough to hold your phone for three days.
A portable charger is a temporary solution, however. Eventually it too will run out of charge, so you’ll be left back at square one.
4. Car Charger
Car chargers are cheap, widely available for all sorts of devices and vehicles, and will work so long as there’s a vehicle nearby with an energy provider. Also keep an eye out for dual-USB chargers, which are handy if you’d like to charge two phones or a phone and a second device.
5. Solar Charger
You can theoretically use a phone indefinitely without access to central power if you have a solar charger. All that’s required is access to the sun, and even a moderately overcast day. While cost can be an issue, still, no other option can match the versatility and reliability of solar.